I was visiting friends up in Northland of New Zealand - an area that is off the beaten track. I used to live further north and hadn't been back for years. I'd forgotten how beautiful the beaches in this part of the country are.
I was trying to reach some sand dunes to take photos of them and kept following the road looking for access to the dunes. What I hadn't realised is you can no longer get there by car. I kept following the road and when I reached the end I was totally surprised to find this stunning beach - a place I'd never been to before.
No one else was on the beach, the tide was out and the sense of space and emptiness was was breathtaking. In this image I tried to capture that sense of wide open space. I was thrilled with this image, even though it hadn't been what I'd been looking for when I'd set out that morning.
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